August 29, 2014


Industry group torpedoes Gov’s task force


Once again Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is targeted. This week The Coloradoan published a partial list of the 250+ applicant’s for Governor Hickenlooper’s task force. Click here for the 5-page list. In a move that appears to be designed to undermine Hickenlooper’s blue-ribbon-oil-&-gas-panel-commission-task-force, Energy in Depth – aka Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) – […]

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August 28, 2014


The Real Cost of Fracking


The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food By Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald Beacon Press August 2014 256 pages In 2012, veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell University professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald published their study, “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health.” […]

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August 26, 2014


WSCOGA and WCC feud


Last week COGA’s Doug Flanders said that activists who are concerned about the impacts of drilling and fracking on public health and the environment are “extremists” and they “aren’t tethered to reality.” However before that happened, Dave Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) took on the Western Colorado […]

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August 22, 2014


End fossil fuel subsidies

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This is another installment of news you might have missed. The first one really hits home. Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early […]

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August 21, 2014


Another fracking study defines health threat from toxic emissions


This time it’s in Maryland. Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland The University of Maryland study, released Monday, warns that drilling and fracking for natural gas will harm the health of workers, residents, and communities in Western Maryland. Commissioned in 2011 by executive order […]

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August 19, 2014


FracFocus is a fraud

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Last week a new report published by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) disclosed that between 2010 and July 2014, diesel was used in fracking operations at 351 wells by 33 different companies. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires a permit when operators intend to use diesel. None of the companies had obtained a permit. Fracking […]

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August 15, 2014

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SWPA-EHP: a model for fracking states


SWPA-EHP is the acronym for Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. Yes, Pennsylvania again. The same state featured in the Blackout in the Gaspatch report. Why is Pennsylvania the focus of so much research? I can think of several reasons why researchers would want to investigate Pennsylvania’s gasfields. With almost 80,000 gas wells, in an area […]

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August 14, 2014


Dirty diesel drillers

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Another study exposes government’s failure to regulate the oil & gas industry with existing rules that are already in place. To the people who said that the ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrenes in our bodies “could be caused by anything” I say – um, yeah, like DIESEL. Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected […]

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August 13, 2014

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National crisis in fracking oversight

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“There’s a national crisis in fracking oversight,” says Bruce Baizel, director of Earthworks’ oil and gas accountability project. According to Baizel, a new report released last week “illustrates why many residents across the United States have given up on the idea that regulators can manage the oil and gas boom and are working so hard […]

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August 11, 2014


Building a People’s Movement


Disillusionment and the Building of a Peoples’ Movement A statement by Cliff Willmeng* and Colorado Community Rights Network After launching nine ballot initiatives and hosting backroom negotiations with Anadarko Petroleum and Governor Hickenlooper, US Congressman Polis and the PR firm representing him settled on two proposed state amendments to advance onto the 2014 ballot. The […]

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